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    July 13, 2011
    4:30 - 5:00am EDT  

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>> good morning, tracee. thank you. this say big mess, the tyson's corner area of virginia. having the beltway shut down this time of morning, not to bad. later, it's going to be a huge problem. i would suggest outer loop of the beltway, you may want to consider taking route 123, connecting back on to 66, and then continuing further on the outer loop of the beltway. again, i'm going to keep tracking and watching this for you, and hopefully they can get these power lines up very soon. also on the beltway in maryland, your lanes are open. it's looking pretty good for you. it's a smooth ride this morning. checking out 395 north at glebe road, so far no accidents or delays for you. and checking out the key bridge, it is a smooth ride thus far. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. joe and aaron? >> and tom is here to talk about the continuing heat. another day above 0i90 but t quite as hot as yesterday and maybe less humid. you're going to gradually be getting less humid as the day
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progresses. as we get into the late afternoon hours, we have an isolated thunderstorm possibility as some of that drier air does begin to push in. right now off to a pleasant start although it is still rather humid, partly cloudy. we've got that big yellow moon in the western sky now, a few clouds coming through. temperatures right now in the low 80s in washington and right by the bay. certainly a warm and muggy morning in those locations. elsewhere in prince george's county, we're in the low 70s as well as in montgomery and fairfax counties. near 80 in arlington county. farther to the west weather watchers reporting near 70 in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia. over the last 12 hours we've seen this, a cloud cover coming in in advance of a cool front through northern indiana and ohio in advance of cooler weather that's going to be arriving here today. we'll have temperatures by 9:00 into the mid-80s. by noontime, 90 degrees and partly cloudy. by 5:00 or so, we'll be down
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into the upper 80s as some of the drier, cooler air moves in. scattered thunderstorm is possible, about a 30% chance of that. that would be around 5:00 this afternoon, maybe into early evening. we'll look at the night planner in about ten minutes at 4:41. joe? >> thanks very much, tom. metro is apologizing for the delays and inconvenience caused by the heat wave. it got so hot yesterday, metro says some of the steal tracks expanded, causing the rails to lose their alignment. as a precaution, red line trains from silver spring to takoma park were forced to share a single track. crews spent the night trying to set the rails back into proper align the. today one of the men arrested during a protest calling for d.c. statehood will have his day in court. keith silver is expected to stand trial on misdemeanor charges. the ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner is accused of disorderly conduct and blocking passage for his actions during that april demonstration. mayor vincent gray and others
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were arrested during that protest. silver's supporters are planning a rally outside the courthouse. meanwhile, a house committee will begin a debate on legislation, in part, on how the district can spend its money. they consider the d.c. appropriations bill. another house committee approved an appropriations bill last month that includes few spending restrictions. d.c. house delegate eleanor holmes norton warns the debate on the bill could lead to additional provisions or riders. for the fourth time in as many days, congressional leaders will head to the white house, but for the first time there's a new proposal on the table. senator mitch mcconnell, house republican, gave the possibility to raise the debt limit in three installments over the next 18 months. that would allow the republicans the politically unpopular step for voting for the debt increase themselves. the president would have to propose spending cuts that would equal the size of the increase.
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neither the house democratic nor republican leaders have approved of a plan. the president warns, if the plan is not passed, social security checks will be at risk. >> i cannot guarantee those checks will go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. >> our president thinks he's got to condition any prescription to fix these programs on tax increases. again, if that's what he's looking for, we're not going there. >> lawmakers have 20 days until the august 2nd deadline but only about a week left to secure a deal and enough time to allow it to pass through congress before the nation defaults. at the same time, fed chairman ben bernanke will be on the hill today to warn lawmakers that refusing to raise the debt ceiling could mean a crisis for the country. bernanke believes, however, that combining deep spending cuts with the debt limit deal will harm, rather than help the nation's stalling economy. lawmakers are planning to fire back. they're likely to demand the fed do something to spur job growth
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while republicans plan to question the fed's role in high energy and food prices. heads up if you're taking the beltway through greenville late at night and in the coming weeks. several lanes will be closed during the overnight hours of the kenilworth avenue so crews can rebuild the bridge there. two lanes closing at 8:00 p.m. and three lanes closing by 10:00 p.m. all lanes will be open during the morning commute. the closures will take place on week nights for several coming weeks. and you can run into trouble on new hampshire avenue and silver spring after the morning rush hours. lanes will be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at ad adelphi road as crews build an additional lane at new hampshire. the project should be completed by next spring. 4:35 right now. two teenagers this morning are in the hospital after they were hit while crossing a street to get to a festival. we brought you the breaking news last night at 11:00. this happened on richie highway and early heights road in
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severna park, maryland. they were walking to the early heights carnival. they were lifted to baltimore shock trauma in critical condition. investigators tell us the teens were not in a crosswalk. the car that hit them did stay on the scene. d.c. council member tommy wells will return to work this morning stripped of his committee chairmanship after a surprise political shake-up. council leader kwame brown stripped the ward 7 leader of his committee chairmanship yesterday. many call it political payback by brown. wells wrote a scathing report criticizing brown for using political money to lease two suvs. brown said he wasn't punishing anyone and just wanted to make the council more productive. >> it seems like this is using your power and influence within the council. >> if so, why don't you just say that? and it would be so obvious. >> i don't believe that's all the way necessarily true, tom. i understand it could seem that way, but that's not the intent
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or anything like that. >> wells tweeted his reaction to the surprising change throughout the evening. he said, he was, quote, impressed. i had no support from my colleagues today but chair can make council member lives miserable. he also says he wouldn't do anything different and ended the night on positive thoughts. "so back to work in the a.m. we are in a great city at an amazing time. together we will make magic. good night." it will apparently be the white house or retirement for ron paul. the longtime texas congressman says he will not run for re-election to the house so he can concentrate on his run for president. paul says the growing support he's received for his 2012 presidential campaign has convinced him he should focus solely on his white house bid. he won a straw poll at the republican leadership conference last month. the 75-year-old has served in congress for 24 years. now the race for the senate leader in virginia.
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tom kaine holds the lead over allen. allen raised just half of what kaine raised over the same period. allen's team is downplaying the significance of the disparity. they claim the majority of the donors are virginiians while kaine's contributors tend to be from a more national base. the body of first lady betty ford will lie in repose in michigan. ford's body will leave california and head to michigan for another private service before burial. mrs. ford's final resting place will be next to her husband at the ford museum. yesterday a memorial was held in palm desert, california. betty ford was remembered for her outspoken support of women's rights and for her legacy of helping those with substance abuse issues. 4:38 is the time. ahead what prosecutors say about possible perjury charges against casey anthony's mother. ♪
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time for weather and traffic on the ones. good morning. it's 4:41 on this wednesday morning, the 13th day of july. temperatures around the region are mild. yes, it is still a bit muggy. right now 83 in washington. right near the bay it's in the low 80s. away from the waters, though, it's generally in the 70s. montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties now generally in the low to mid-70s. we have a mostly clear sky over the capitol. that's a live picture from our city camera this morning. our temperatures by 9:00 will be into the mid-80s.
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by noontime should be near 90 degrees. still rather humid today but not quite as humid as it was yesterday. by midafternoon we ought to hit the mid-90s. late afternoon much drier air will begin to push in, might trigger an isolated thunderstorm. here's your "night planner." we'll have temperatures by 7:00 in the mid-80s and the possibility of a lingering storm around then. after that, by 9:00 should be partly cloudy, near 80. by 11:00, we'll be down into the mid-70s with lower humidity moving in and a partly cloudy sky. we'll take a look at changes on the way for thursday, friday, and into the weekend. a look at early next week as well in about ten minutes. back to you, aaron and joe. >> thanks, tom. we have an update about breaking news on the beltway. the beltway is now open in tyson's cornerme. we have more now from tracee wilkins. >> reporter: yes, joe. you can take a look behind me and see that traffic is flowing on the beltway. it was closed from route 7 to 66
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due to downed power lines. dominion folks tell me that a construction crew actually brought down those power lines to the middle of the beltway. because of that, they had to close down the beltway to give the crews time and space to temporarily get those power lines up off the highway. for now the expectation is to come back after rush and do a more permanent repair to the power lines. for the time being they were working very quickly to try to get those lines off of the highway so they could reopen the road. again, this was a bit of a mess, but we've seen these backups pretty much disappear on the beltway. that's good news for folks traveling on the beltway this morning. you don't have to worry about the workarounds to get around this mess. this happened at 1:30 a.m. they were able to get the road open by 4:30 or a little after 4:30. that was their goal. they've met their goal. hopefully now we won't have any more issues on the commute. for more on what you can expect today, we'll go to danella
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sealock. good morning, danella. >> good morning, tracee. this is great news the beltway reopened. want to take you to virginia. 95 north of the occoquan. see the headlights. that's that 95 north volume. no major delays, but a lot of commuters at this time. i-270 at montrose in both directions north and south, your lanes are clear. in d.c., maryland and "h" street, clear for you as well on your local roads in d.c. back to you, aaron and joe. >> thanks, danella. it is 4:44 right now. coming up, the local county placing a ban on building. also, what's being built at fedex field.
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roger clemens' perjury trial will begin today. the jury of ten men and two women will hear testimony this morning. they allege he lied three years ago when he testified before congress that he never used performance-enhancing drugs in his career. clemens faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. today they discuss new rules for phone companies that would punish extra fees packed onto your bill. it's called cramming. the practice adds fees for services phone users never agreed to or authorized, and it costs americans millions every year. the fcc wants to require phone companies to tell customers how to block the charges and separate charges on monthly bills. the now defunct newspaper at the center of the phone hacking scandal in britain. the house of xhons wicommons wi
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murdoch's bid to take over broadcaster b sky b. murdoch shut down his tabloid, the "news of the world" under allegations it hacked cell phones seeking information for stories that would appear in the paper. florida investigators are looking into a witness tampering allegation in the casey anthony trial. the orange county sheriff's office would not elaborate on that investigation. meanwhile, prosecutors decided against charging casey anthony's mother with perjury. cindy anthony initially told police she did not search for chloroform on the family computer, but at the trial she said she did. the jury found casey anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. she is to be released from jail on sunday. the husband of a local city council member is accuseded of molesting children at his own daughter's slumber party. a judge has now referred the case to a grand jury. michael gardner is married to
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council member kathy gardner. girls testified that he touched three girls at his home. gardner is the father of 10-year-old twins. he is out on bond now, but he cannot go home or have contact with his children. this morning a family in hay mark, west virginia, are grateful to have their dog back. cricket has been missing since a crash killed one of her owners. jack and charlotte perry were driving on saturday afternoon and crashed head on into a winnebago. charlotte died and somehow cricket escaped from her car and took off. the family said they're happy to have cricket back to deal with the pain of losing mrs. perry. they could be finding money to pay for metro's extension to dulles county airport. fairfax county says they won't take on a larger role in expanding the project until the state of virginia puts more money into it. they raised the concerns one day after governor bob mcdonnell said the state didn't have plans
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to put any more money towards the project. the montgomery county council will hold a hearing in two weeks to post a curfew proposal. it would be for minors 18 years old and under. it would ban minors from public places from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weeknights. it would start at 12:01 a.m. on the weekends. it will help cut down on juvenile crimes like vandalism. most people we spoke with are in favor of it. >> i think the curfew is a good idea because there's no reason kids under 18 should be out past 11:00 during the week or midnight on the weekends. there's nothing but trouble out there. >> as far as 18 or under, i think that's a real excellent idea because i had curfews when i was younger. i think that's a good thing. >> the plan also says, if minors are caught out after hours, the proposed bill could make parents attend a parenting class as a punishment. it's going to be tougher to light up in montgomery county. the council approved a new
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smoking ban beginning on the 12th of august, smoking will not be allowed in the common areas of apartment buildings and townhouse complexes. that includes hallways, laundry rooms, and lobbies. smoking will also be banned within 25 feet of playgrounds on those public properties. the council says the measure is aimed to prevent secondhand smoke. those opposed to the bill say it is too intrusive. building new homes has essentially been banned in the large part of the southern region of prince george's county. the resolution passed by the county council 8-1 yesterday was over concerns that residential growth has outpaced road developments. originally, the resolution banned all building but was changed to allow commercial and industrial buildings as well as home projects already under way. council members say they fear, if roads cannot handle residential traffic, it will be hard for police and fire services to do their jobs. the home of the burgundy and gold is getting a little greener. redskins are installing
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thousands of solar panels in a parking lot. the fields will generate enough electricity to run the stadium on game day. the panels could also power fedex field for the rest of the week. the project could be completed for the start of the 2011 season, assuming there is a 2011 season. >> that's a pretty big assumption. maybe not. it sounds like they're getting closer. tom is here with a look at the forecast. any relief in sight? >> there is relief in sight. way off over there somewhere. >> pull it in, tom >> about 400 miles away now, but it is on the way. relief is coming. you can hear the cavalry charge now. it's coming our way. it's 83 degrees right now. it's like a september afternoon right now in the morning in july. and the humidity is still rather high although it's a little lower than it was yesterday. we have the wind coming in out
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of the northwest at 5 to 10 miles an hour. there's the washington monument in the distance under this partly cloudy sky. right now temperatures around the region are warm and muggy from the shenandoah valley to the atlantic beaches. right now in prince george's county low 70s. also low 70s in montgomery county and much of fairfax county and arlington around 80 degrees there. and the radar scanning the sky. no precipitation. live doppler radar not picking up any precipitation. there were some storms way out here in kentucky last night. those are long gone. we have showers on the leading edge of this dry air pushing into northern ohio. those showers around erie, pennsylvania, and cleveland. those may be coming our way here later today. between now and then, we will have some sunshine in and out this morning. here's your day planner. by 9:00 in the mid-80s. by noontime, near 90. maybe low to mid-90s for a brief time early afternoon. midafternoon into the upper 80s. we may get a few passing thunder showers from 5:00 to maybe around 8:00 this evening.
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and the night planner, we'll have temperatures near 80 by 9:00. by 11:00, down into the mid-70s and should be partly cloudy by then, and the lower humidity beginning to move in. here's how we're looking for thursday. a beautiful day tomorrow with low humidity and lots of sun. highs into the mid-80s. morning lows, low 60s, and more of the same on friday, maybe a few more clouds around. over the weekend, saturday might get an afternoon storm mainly west of washington. otherwise, partly cloudy and still not very humid into the mid-80s. a look at sunday, monday, tuesday, the extended showing temperatures generally in the 80s on sunday afternoon. monday near 90, getting more humid. maybe a storm on tuesday into the low to mid-90s. let's check traffic. danella, how's it looking? >> it's looking great. now that the beltway is reopened in tyson's corner. it's a celebration on the roadway. let's talk about local area roads. right now in prince george's county, i'm checking for you. so far your roadways are clear. let's go to montgomery county. a live shot at wisconsin avenue
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and willard. so far local roadways there clear, no accidents to report. as we head down to d.c., new york and florida, you're looking good as well, d.c., and good morning to you. i want to show you right now i-66. 66, you're clear inside and outside of the beltway. i am noticing some volume as you head 66 east. nothing significant at this time. back in ten minutes with another update. joe and aaron? >> thanks very much, danella. today is the second day of a bridal boutique in upper marlboro, maryland, giving away free wedding dresses. couture miss bridal is opening its shots for women marrying military men. the group supports military brides and their families. coming up, the major menu changes several restaurant
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a huge thank you to all the men and women at nasa who worked on the shuttle for the last three decades. >> yes, the rocket man himself, elton john, woke up the crew on board the international space station. today the crew will unload
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supplies at the space shuttle "atlantis." they brought along a year's worth of food and clothes. the 13-day mission is the final ever for nasa's space shuttle program. netflix customers are outraged this morning over new subscription fees. the rental service unveiled updated plans on its blog, and renters will now have to pay more if they want unlimited access to both dvds and streaming movies online. the two services now have to be bought separately for $7.99 apiece. roughly $16 a month. currently the services are combined and only costs $9.99. netflix says the increase is based on a steady demand for dvds by mail which only accounts for $2 of the subscription fee. groupi ioon is now offering travel discounts. they partnered with expedia to offer groupon getaway. they offer a travel voucher that can be redeemed within a certain